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Roanoke

Most Americans know the story of the “Lost Colony”.  It dates back to the time the Europeans began to settle on this free land, that is now known as Virginia.  The village of Roanoke was the one of the first English colonies to be established on the soil.  However this village did not turn out to be that of a successful one.  The Governor of this hamlet had the name of John White.  The small population of Roanoke complained about their lack of food and tools.  They also contained frightening suspicions that the Natives may launch a surprise attack on them.  These complaints eventuated in John White going to England to later return along with the proper supplies the colonists requested.  John White returned three long years afterwards.  But what he returned to was not that of a colony but of a ghost town.  The area which was once a village was stripped of its people.  Houses and other shelters were nowhere in site.  What was left behind were some small cannons, an opened chest, a tall fence built around the perimeter of the former village site, and a single word inscription carved on a fence post, “Croatoan”. 

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